Saturday, March 22, 2008

The Apron's History

One of my e-mail buddies sent me this, “Apron” history and I thought you might like to read it, I know that, like me, it will bring back a few old memories!
I remember just about every use mentioned preformed by my grandmother, and for that matter, my mother had an apron too, she also knew what it was for!

I don’t think our kids know what an apron is.

The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven. It was wonderful for drying children’s tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.
From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven. When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids. And when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms. Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove. Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron. From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls. In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees. When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds. When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner. It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.

Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool.
Her granddaughters set theirs on the kitchen counter to thaw.


Jo said...

Ohhhh My.... the memories this post brought to mind.. *S*

Mike Golch said...

the apron was a great thing indeed.and if you acted up the apron was a used to snap you back to doing what's right.grams would hold it in her had and sanp it back and forth with just enough to sting ya!

MYSTI said...

Oh wow, what a wonderful post. It is funny but i wear an apron, when my mother never did. I wear one because i do a lot of cooking and baking, and it really does protect what i am wearing from flour and what not. Thanks for such a lovely post. I just learned lots of ways now to use my apron i had never thought of! Haha now it will be used to dust fast!